October 15, 1999

The CTA and the Chicago Office of Tourism are teaming up again this year to provide Halloween-spirited trips around the Loop on a Haunted CTA 'L' train. The train will operate the last three Saturday afternoons in October -- the 16th, 23rd and 30th -- making four separate tours each day.

"The Haunted 'L' train was extremely popular last year, when we started this service," said CTA Chairman Valerie B. Jarrett, "so we?re happy to collaborate with the Chicago Office of Tourism to give our customers, visitors and families a chance to enjoy this unique Chicago experience once again."

Cars on the Haunted 'L' train will be decorated in traditional Halloween themes, while members of "The Aardvark," a Chicago theatrical group, entertain on board. Children and adults alike will thrill to the ghostly portrayals of historic Chicago folk figures.

The Haunted 'L' tours are free, but guests must first obtain tickets from the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center at 77 East Randolph. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will only be offered for tours on the same Saturday the guests apply. The Center opens at 10 a.m.

"We want little goblins and their families to see how much fun it can be to ride the 'L', said CTA President Frank Kruesi. "The more they ride the more familiar they become with the system, and that can encourage them to take CTA routinely, whether they use it to shop, visit museums or see a show."

The four Haunted 'L' tours presented each Saturday will last 40 minutes. The tours will start at 12:15, 12:55, 1:35 and 2:15 p.m. Persons with disabilities can make arrangements when picking up their tickets from the Cultural Center to board the train at the accessible Clark/Lake 'L' station.

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